unduly or unrealistically magnified: to have an exaggerated opinion of oneself.
abnormally increased or enlarged.

Origin of exaggerated

First recorded in 1545–55; exaggerate + -ed2
Related formsex·ag·ger·at·ed·ly, adverbnon·ex·ag·ger·at·ed, adjectivenon·ex·ag·ger·at·ed·ly, adverbself-ex·ag·ger·at·ed, adjectiveun·ex·ag·ger·at·ed, adjective



verb (used with object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.

verb (used without object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.

Origin of exaggerate

1525–35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·ag·ger·at·ing·ly, adverbex·ag·ger·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ex·ag·ger·ate, verb, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ed, o·ver·ex·ag·ger·at·ing.un·ex·ag·ger·at·ing, adjective

Synonyms for exaggerate

Antonyms for exaggerate

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Examples from the Web for exaggerated

Contemporary Examples of exaggerated

Historical Examples of exaggerated

  • His great failing was that he exaggerated--no tale ever losing anything in his charge.

  • It was obviously unreasonable, the mere cry of exaggerated grief.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He counted the number of their repulses and then exaggerated them.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The agony that was his during the next few minutes can by no means be exaggerated.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She felt all a woman's exaggerated horror of police, and law, and violence.

British Dictionary definitions for exaggerated



unduly or excessively magnified; enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
pathol abnormally enlargedan exaggerated spleen
Derived Formsexaggeratedly, adverb



to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
(tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
Derived Formsexaggeratingly, adverbexaggeration, nounexaggerative or exaggeratory, adjectiveexaggerator, noun

Word Origin for exaggerate

C16: from Latin exaggerāre to magnify, from aggerāre to heap, from agger heap
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Word Origin and History for exaggerated



1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.

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